March 18, 2014
ST. GEORGE, Utah (Gophersports.com) – Anna Laorr picked up a share of her first collegiate title on Tuesday while the University of Minnesota women’s golf program captured the team title at the 2014 BYU at Entrada Classic.
“I’m really proud of the way we competed throughout the tournament especially with the way we battled back to pick up the win today,” Minnesota head coach Michele Redman said. “The conditions weren’t great with some wind, but we overcame that. We’ve kept working hard all season, and we’re starting to see that pay off now. The whole team has supported each other and pushed each other, and that’s great to see as a coach.”
The team title comes six years to the day after Minnesota’s last team title at the Diablo Grande Intercollegiate in Patterson, Calif., on March 18, 2008. Laorr’s individual title is the program’s first since Teresa Puga won the UCF Challenge on Feb. 15, 2011.
“I couldn’t be happier for Anna,” Redman said. “She played well for us, made smart decisions, and it’s great to see her pick up her first win.”
The Gophers (312-318-301—931) finished the 54-hole tournament at the Entrada Course at Snow Canyon Country Club with an eight-stroke lead over host BYU and took over the lead in the final round on Tuesday by carding a tournament-low 301 as a team.
Laorr, a junior from Eden Prairie, Minn., shared individual medalist honors with Wisconsin’s Alexis Nelson with a six-over par 222 (75-75-72) for the meet. Laorr moved into a tie for first with a final round 72 – the even par score matched the junior’s top career round. The junior finished fifth at the tournament last year with an eight-over 222.
“I was pretty excited to be honest, this is my favorite course,” Laorr said of her win on Tuesday. “For about five months, I’ve been trying not to put too much pressure on myself for this tournament. The course played very different than last year, but we played well as a team, and it’s great to be able to celebrate a win together.”
Carmen Laguna finished tied for 14th at the BYU at Entrada Classic with a 20-over, 236 (78-81-77) while Emie Peronnin was three shots back in a tie for 20th at 23-over, 239 (80-81-78) after improving her finish by 10 positions over the final round of play on Tuesday. Sarinee Thitiratanakorn shot a 24-over 240 (79-81-80) to tie for 25th with Sophie Kitchen finishing tied for 55th with a 34-over, 250 (85-91-74).
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